EcoTrophea 2017 goes to TUI Cruises
TUI Cruises has been awarded this year’s EcoTrophea, the Sustainability Award by the German Travel Association (DRV). The cruise company has convinced the jury of six with its initiative to reduce food waste on cruise ships out of a total of 21 project submissions. The renowned award has been granted for the 31st time with the aim to draw attention to initiatives and projects in the travel industry that protect nature and environment and promote social matters in holiday destinations.
The jury was particularly impressed since the awarded project actively involves and informs guests and employees which, in turn, leads to a more responsible use of existing resources. Especially on cruise ships, where the food offer is particularly large, the preparation of food is very challenging. Due to very high hygiene requirements on board, food cannot be reused, and food waste cannot be completely avoided. However, first measures in one of the buffet restaurants on board have already led to a food waste reduction of 20 percent during the last months. How can this be accomplished? In a first step, food waste is collected, weighed and measured in four areas: stock, production, at the buffet and plate left-overs. With the help of a waste analysis tool, the food waste is then analysed and potentials to avoid waste are identified. These results are then summarised. This helps to only produce as much food as needed and consumed. “The results of the Initiative will then be provided to the entire cruise ship industry so that TUI Cruises provides an impetus for additional companies”, says Prof. Dr. Harald Zeiss, chairman of the DRV Sustainability Committee.
Avoiding food waste is an important aspect of sustainable tourism. There are as yet no studies on the extent to which food waste on cruise liners can be avoided.